Friday, January 20, 2012

Responding to Homeless Neighbors

Have you ever seen a homeless person begging and not known how to respond?  It's not always easy to know how to navigate the situation.  Here's an article from Mission Year on how eyes can be opened when you push outside of your comfort zone and think about things from another perspective than your own.  

It's important for us all to really ask God how He wants us to respond when we run into these situations that are easy to avoid...and it's not always the same response every time! Think about asking God how He wants you to respond next time you bump into someone who's asking you for something, whether homeless or not, that makes you uncomfortable and see if He may want you to stretch a little.

-Robyn Elmore, CSM Washington DC City Director

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ministry Partnerships in Boston

The folks at the Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston are doing some amazing things for the Kingdom! For years, decades really, they have empowered local, urban churches with resources and effective ministries for reaching their communities. CSM Boston had the opportunity to partner with EGC's Starlight Ministry in their outreach to the homeless in downtown Boston.
Check out a recent blog post they wrote, entitled "Is 2012 God's Moment for Boston?".
It is truly an honor to partner with the beautiful ministries doing God's work in this community.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

"You have to be rich to be poor."

"You have to be rich to be poor."  This Washington Post article does a great job laying out a lot of the hurdles the poor have to jump over to make it in America.  Being poor often means higher costs, whether in grocery bills, rent costs, transportation, or just the increased time it takes to accomplish simple tasks.  Read this article, which is full of a lot of first-person accounts from Washington, DC.

-Kristen Erbelding, CSM Washington DC City Director

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Did you know that there are more slaves today than at any other date in history? It's true! There is an estimated 27 million slaves throughout the world right now. And today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - an opportunity to share with others this reality.

There are many organizations that are dedicated to eradicating slavery. The International Justice Mission is one of them:

Here are some other resources for you to learn more...
The Not for Sale Campaign (based in San Francisco)
RestoreNYC (safe house in New York City)